Citrus limon L. Burm.f.
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 4/8/2011, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as seed from Acireale, Sicily, Italy (via Dr. L.J. Klotz, CRC), 1962.
Parentage/origins: Certain characteristics of this variety, particularly the distinctive growth habit and cross-sectional shape of the larger branches, suggest that it is a lemon-citron hybrid.
Rootstocks of accession: Yuma Ponderosa lemon
Season of ripeness at Riverside: Crop well distributed throughout year but mainly in winter and spring.
Notes and observations:
This was seedling #4; no record re single or double seedling. Note by visitors from Italy, Drs. Reforgeato & Starrantino, 1985: CRC 3392 looks like Monachello. In Italy, Monachello is "resistant" to Mal Secco but has poor quality and yield; therefore it is not grown very much despite Mal Secco resistance.
11/13/1989, EMN: A market type lemon. Matches C.I. description fairly well except is nosy, not "nipple small & inconspicuous". Very light crop.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
Fruit medium-small, elliptical but tapering at both ends; neck lacking; nipple small and inconspicuous; seeds few or none. Color yellow at maturity. Rind thin; surface smooth but with large sunken oil glands; very tightly adherent. Segments about 10; axis medium-small and solid. Flesh tender, somewhat lacking in juice, and acid content lower than most. Crop well distributed throughout year but mainly in winter and spring.
Availability: Not commercially available in California.
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